Pregnancy and motherhood are some of the most beautiful experiences in life, however, they can cause some unwanted changes to your body. Mommy Makeover surgery refers to several procedures that can address these body changes. The procedures included often change from woman to woman too.
This surgery is becoming increasingly popular, especially as each woman can tailor the surgeries involved to fit her specific needs. If you’re missing your pre-pregnancy body, this makeover surgery is a great way to get your self-esteem back!
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What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a series of surgeries designed for women who have been through breastfeeding and pregnancy. Though many Mommy Makeovers include similar procedures, they can also be tailored to fit your individual needs.
Mommy Makeover usually addresses:
- Breast changes and loss of volume/sagging.
- Stretched skin around the abdomen.
- Areas of fat in the thigh and hip areas that won’t change with exercise and diet regimes.
- Perineal injuries and genital changes.
Motherhood brings many changes, including a new body for many women. It’s common for breasts to lose volume and sag after breastfeeding. Many women also experience stretched skin and tissues around the abdomen after childbirth. Though these changes are natural, it can be hard to bounce back to your normal body. A Mommy Makeover is a great way to reach your pre-pregnancy body and regain some body confidence too.
What Procedures are Usually Included in a Mommy Makeover?
Though each procedure is different, here are the most common surgeries in a Mommy Makeover.
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a solution to any excess skin and fat around the abdominal area. This leaves you with a more contoured and smoother look, perfect for any woman who has experienced stretched skin and saggy after a pregnancy. Tummy tucks can also restore any weakened abdominal muscles, which is another reason it’s so popular for Mommy Makeovers.
It must be noted that a tummy tuck isn’t a weight loss surgery and exercise and diet should be maintained post-surgery. Tummy tucks can’t correct stretch marks either, however, they may be lessened if they are on the areas of excess skin.
Another common Mommy Makeover procedure is a breast lift (also called a Mastopexy). This procedure includes removing excess skin and tightening any surrounding tissues. This leaves you with a raised appearance and a youthful look, this is a very popular procedure for women who have breastfed their children. If your areola has become enlarged, a breast lift can reduce this too.
Breast lifts are one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries as they give you a refreshed look and more self-esteem. They can combat the effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and gravity too!
Breast reduction surgery is popular amongst Mommy Makeovers too. This surgery involves removing any excess breast skin and tissue to give breasts a more proportional size. If your post-pregnancy breasts are causing you any discomfort, a breast reduction can be a solution too.
If your body isn’t bouncing back with a regular exercise regime and a healthy diet, liposuction can help you slim down stubborn areas of fat. This procedure removes excess fat deposits and improves body contours, leaving you with a youthful figure. Liposuction is often paired with tummy tucks and breast reductions, as these surgeries complement each other.
Areas liposuction can treat:
- Upper Arms
Your surgeon will discuss what areas are best for you in your consultation.
Body Lift (Circumferential Abdominoplasty)
A body lift is sometimes included in Mommy Makeovers too. This surgery aims to improve the tone and shape of a body by changing the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. It’s also common for any excess fat or sagging skin to be removed too. Body lifts can often improve irregular or dimpled skin textures too.
Areas targeted with a body lift include:
- Abdominal area
Other Popular Procedures
As a Mommy Makeover is tailored to your needs you can incorporate other surgeries too. Your surgeon will always discuss what’s best for you, so make sure you mention any problem areas or potential procedures in your consultation to get a professional opinion.
Here are some other common Mommy Makeover surgeries:
- Arm lifts
- Thigh Lifts
- Brazilian butt lift
- Genital surgeries (e.g. vaginoplasty, correction of perineal scars, and labial augmentation)
There’s no right time for anyone to get a Mommy Makeover, especially since childbirth and breastfeeding are different experiences for every woman. It’s important to allow your body to rest and return to “normal” after birth. You should be able to focus on your baby and their health without putting excess stress on your body through extreme dieting and exercise.
When Should I Get a Mommy Makeover?
Signs you’re ready for a Mommy Makeover:
- You’re at your normal or desired weight again.
- You are not planning to have more children.
- Your children are more independent and don’t need to be carried constantly.
- You stopped breastfeeding at least 6 to 12 months ago.
- Your body image/problem areas are affecting your self-esteem, relationships, and general quality of life.
Many women will know when the time is right for them to book a consultation for a Mommy Makeover. It can also be helpful to discuss the decision with family and friends, but remember at the end of the day the decision is yours!
How Can Beautifi Help?
Mommy Makeovers are one of the most common surgeries for women and they can give you a new lease of life and confidence after having children. One of the advantages of this procedure is that the surgeries are designed to meet your individual needs and there’s no template every mother has to follow.
If you’re interested in a Mommy Makeover, make sure you research the procedure well and get consultations with experienced surgeons to get the best results for your body!